A commonplace compilation of various tracts and treatises, probably compiled and bound by Gifford Galton. Galton may have been a London bookseller, his name is found on political pamphlets of the mid 1640s (Henry R. Plomer, A Dictionary of the booksellers and printers who were at work in England, Scotland and Ireland from 1641 to 1667 (London, 1907), p. 79). The contents are as follows:
1214x174 mm. (1) xv fos; (2) xxxiii fos; (3 to 7) 62 pp. (contemporary pagination); (8) iv fos (in original black paper covers, here bound upside down); (9) vi fos; (10) bifol. The endpapers are constructed from a letter sealed and addressed 'To his very loving Brother Gifford Galton, living with Mr Henry Overton stationer att his shopp att the entring in of Popes-heade-alley out of Lumbard Streete.' Henry Overton worked from this address between 1629 and 1648 (Plomer, Dictionary of booksellers, p. 142). The letter carries a subsequent financial calculation. On first folio of (1), in Baker's hand: 'Tho: Baker Coll: Jo: Socius ejectus'.
At least seven hands, all early or mid seventeenth century. Paper, slightly differing in size according to the original form, but trimmed; some fos ruled in (2). Contemporary limp vellum binding, the edges considerably damaged. Spine title 'Manuscripe' (sic).